Is my laptop good enough to handle recording?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by trumpetprod, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. trumpetprod

    trumpetprod Active Member

    Feb 15, 2010
    Hi guys.
    I was wondering if my laptop was good enough to handle all the recording and etc. that I would be doing. So here are some of the specs:

    Dell Vostro 1500
    Intel Core 2 Duo @1.60 GHz
    1.00 GB Ram
    Windows 7 32-bit

    That's really all I think is needed. I also need to find an affordable external USB sound card? Do they even exist?
    Thanks for the help.
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    What type of recording are you doing? How many channels? Are you willing to reformat without all the factory Dell programs? I'm not intimately familiar with the Vostro but I use two different lines of Dell laptops for remote live concert recording (Inspiron 9400 and Latitude D820). All three will record 16 channels of 88.2k/24 bit for a two hour concert without a hitch provided the computer is tweaked and an appropriate external hard drive is used (firewire or usb). Cucco I think uses a Vostro for remote recording but I'm not 100% on that.

    There is only one USB soundcard I would for sure consider and that is the RME Fireface UC. Apparently Roland has one worth investigating. Despite the recent thread I haven't seen any others acceptable for serious recording other than the RME. Still willing to be convinced otherwise but don't have the cash right now to buy interfaces just to test them out as a review. Firewire is the best available until USB 3.0 and Firewire 1394c materialize in the real world.
  3. Seph

    Seph Guest

    a good way to find out is to install reaper (free) and dload asio4all drivers
    you'll know pretty quick where the issues may be.
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